Originally posted by oldman9er:
Originally posted by strickac:Sure, they'll take their lumps. Alex is a serviceable guy and he's a great fit for what Harbaugh wants; however, I've never had the feeling that Alex was a special player. Kaep and Tolzien showed some poise and physical traits as a rookie (granted it was preseason) that we never saw from Alex. With Josh in the mix now, hes another guy that has some experience under center and a history in Harbaugh's system. I have faith the backups can lead our team. Alex had a very efficient season, but he was only asked to put up around 200 yds/game. We should be able to duplicate that in the passing game without being reckless.
Not trying to "jump on you" for your post, but the underlined...
- Sure, we could replicate the yardage and number of attempts... but can we replicate the lack of costly mistakes and turnover too? JTO could put up bigger yardage (which I'm sure Alex can too going into yr 2 of Jim's offense), but the turnovers that JTO cost us pretty well negated (and then some) all the good he did.
Sometimes I think people can badly undervalue safe yet efficient play from our pass game when acknowledging how good our D and STs can be.
"Never" might not sit well with you, but I was disappointed with Alex's play early on. He doesn't have a big arm or great accuracy (especially deep), and he was very timid in the pocket, until recently. He's strength is his conservative play, but it also hinders his ability to make big plays. It's a trade-off and we've seen Alex miss big on relatively easy deep throws.
The defense and ST is a probably the best in the NFL. I don't think many people would argue that. The offense isn't pulling their weight, IMO. It's been that way for a couple years. They're making progress, but if we want to win it all, we need to score more often and allow the defense to rest. To narrow it down, I think we must get more out of the passing attack to be able to convert 3rd downs. Improving in the intermediate throws is crucial. Alex will have more opportunities with Moss stretching the field and Manningham/Williams in the slot.
I appreciate a conservative offense, but we can't continue to weigh so heavily on the defense. Management sees that and they've upgraded the receiving corps and drafted James to catch the ball out of the backfield. I think we'll open it up a little this year. We were almost forced to be so conservative with Ginn out there. Last year's WR corps was embarrassing.
[ Edited by strickac on Jun 19, 2012 at 9:07 AM ]